Hi, thanks for your enquiry.
It is important to understand that the landlord’s power to levy a service charge and a leaseholder’s obligation to pay it are governed by the provisions of the lease. The lease is a contract between the leaseholder and the landlord and there is no obligation to pay anything other than what is provided for in the lease.
The lease may contain specific terms obliging the landlord to carry out certain works or provide certain services and, if a service charge is to be payable, the lease must contain a power for the landlord to recover the cost of those works or services from the leaseholder.
It can generally be assumed that a service charge will be payable and will cover the repair and maintenance of the fabric of the building (to include the roof) as well as cleaning, lighting and maintenance of common areas. On the basis that your Lease allows for the Management Company to request service charge in advance of the work taking place (95% of Leases will allow this provision) this amount is payable by you PROVIDED they have served you with the appropriate Section 20 Notice and consulted the residents concerning the proposed works.
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